Today is Wednesday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2005. There are 192 days left in the year. On this date in 1945, the World War II battle for Okinawa officially ends; 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese are killed in the 81-day campaign.
In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people are set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers. In 1870, Congress creates the Department of Justice. In 1911, Britain's King George V is crowned at Westminster Abbey. In 1938, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocks out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium. In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gains a stunning victory as France is forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overrun Paris. In 1944, President Roosevelt signs the Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the "GI Bill of Rights." In 1969, singer-actress Judy Garland dies in London at age 47. In 1970, President Nixon signs a measure lowering the voting age to 18. In 1987, actor-dancer Fred Astaire dies in Los Angeles at age 88. In 1993, former first lady Pat Nixon dies in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81.
June 22, 1980: Ohio's state-supported colleges and universities are almost certain to see their budgets slashed by 3 percent across the board, says Youngstown State University President John J. Coffelt. A 3 percent cut would cost YSU $690,000, which Coffelt said is the most the university could absorb without increasing tuition.
The general economic slump, plus steel mill closings, have the important Youngstown district transportation industry staggering. Trucking companies are selling or putting into storage parts of their fleets and hundreds of railroad locomotives and cars are in storage. McNicholas Transportation Co. has put its plans for a new headquarters on 50 acres off Salt Springs Road on ice.
Ohio has doled out $9 million to victims of crime since 1976, but few residents of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties have taken advantage of the program. Sixteen persons have filed claims in Mahoning County, six in Trumbull County and three in Columbiana County in the four years the program has been in existence.
June 22, 1965: George W. Brown, president of Brown's Drug Stores, resigns from the Youngstown Board of Education after 18 years. His letter of resignation says he plans to retire from active management of his business enterprises and move to Florida.
A federal jury in Cleveland finds Ronald Carabbia guilty of falsifying an application for a federal gambling stamp, five days after his brother, Orlando, was released from prison after serving a year for income tax evasion.
Veteran Democratic Commissioner Thomas J. Carney, one of the most popular county officials in recent years and a promoter of the Golden Gloves boxing tournament for 35 years, dies in St. Elizabeth Hospital at the age of 70.
June 22, 1955: Harlow W. Curtice, president of General Motors, announces that the company "is undertaking a new expansion program calling for capital expenditures of a half-billion dollars." The plans call for an additional 6.3 million square feet of floor space to be completed within about 18 months.
The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Vito Franco, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, gives the invocation at the breaking of ground for the Route 422 improvement in E. Rayen Avenue, the first link in a $5 million arterial highway system in Youngstown.
Seventh Ward Councilman Michael J. Dudash drops a bombshell at Youngstown's city council meeting, accusing the police department vice squad of neglecting its duty by not making "bug" arrests and saying that there have been too many deaths in the city jail over the last seven years, a period during which no prisoners have died in the county lock-up. Some officers, says Dudash, are too quick to use their maces on prisoners.
June 22, 1930: Youngstown Mayor Joseph L. Heffernan, returning from a four-week tour of Europe, says during an interview on the S.S. Berengaria in New York that "the world at large is suffering from a fit of economic depression which will take five years to overcome."
The bodies of six of eight prominent Toledo men missing for a week are found in Lake Erie. There is still no sign of the speedboat they were in and the Coast Guard continues a search for the two remaining men
The Citizens Smoke Abatement League of Youngstown takes up new quarters at 1015 Mahoning Bank Building. Mrs. E.L. McKelvey, president, and G. J. Morgan, vice president, will lead a new campaign for smokeless skies over Youngstown.